'''Samuel Richardson''' (19 August 1689 – 4 July 1761) was an 18th-century English writer and Printer (publisher)|printer
. He is best known for his three epistolary novel
s: ''Pamela (novel)|Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded
'' (1740), ''Clarissa|Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady
'' (1748) and ''The History of Sir Charles Grandison
'' (1753). Richardson was an established printer and publisher for most of his life and printed almost 500 different works, including journals and magazines. He was also known to collaborate closely with the London bookseller Andrew Millar
on several occasions.
At a very early age, Richardson was apprenticed to a printer, whose daughter he eventually married. He lost his first wife along with their five sons, and eventually remarried. Although with his second wife he had four daughters who lived to become adults, they had no male heir to continue running the printing business. While his print shop...